Ministers & Staff

Daniel Hayes
Senior Minister
Phone:  623-889-7146
Daniel joined Canyon church in 2019 as our Senior Minister. He began preaching at the age of 23 and has served as full-time minister in churches of Christ in Georgia and Tennessee. He graduated from the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies, receiving the Barnabas Award and the Robert McChandlish Award. He went on to graduate from Amridge University with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, and then received his M.A. from Lipscomb University in Theological Instruction and Christian Practice. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies in the New Testament from Turner School of Theology. He is certified in Conflict Management and is also a certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Daniel and his wife, Erin, are blessed with three wonderful daughters.


Youth & Family Minister
We are currently interviewing for this position. Our Youth & Family Minister’s primary role is to build a ministry program that produces in our youth a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ. This minister will also work with parents to equip them with the tools that they need to pass on their faith to their children. While the primary focus is the youth (6th through 12th grade) this minister will also oversee the Children’s Ministry and its leadership and volunteers. Candidate needs an engaging personality with the ability and desire to develop strong relationships with both the youth and their parents.  Click here to submit your resume.


Laura Shewmaker
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 623-889-3388
Laura and her husband, Dan, moved with their three children to Phoenix in 2005 from California.  With a family history in the valley area, Laura easily transitioned to life in the desert and finds beauty in God’s vast creation. Laura’s work experience has ranged from managing the internal customer database for an international pharmaceutical company to managing retail establishments. She came on board with Canyon’s staff as a part-time admin. in 2015. Laura’s passions are singing and teaching children, which you will find her doing on any given Sunday at Canyon.


Davina White
Administrative Assistant
Phone:  623-889-3388

Davina has over 20+ years of experience writing and editing printed and online content, as well as providing administrative support within various industries.  She joined Canyon’s staff as a part-time admin. in 2012 and is excited to be using these talents for her church family and community. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Arizona University. When she’s not working at Canyon, Davina is helping her husband, Shawn, run their parachurch ministry, called Smart Faith.  Both her and her husband love the arts and are avid readers, movie-watchers, and concert-goers.


Taran Mason
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Taran has a bachelors degree in Child Development and is currently pursuing studies in Children’s Ministry from Oklahoma Christian University.  She is serving as a part-time paid intern with our Children’s Ministry and we appreciate her dedication and hard work with our kids. Taran and her husband and two sons have been part of the Canyon Church family since 2016.